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Best Gravel Events in the Southeast 2023/2024

Best Gravel Events in the Southeast 2023/2024

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Strambecco rates the Best Gravel Events in the Southeast 2023/2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the overall uniqueness of the event or race.  Spanning North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi — Southeast terrain features of Strambecco’s best list varies but include many events navigating parts of the Appalachian Mountains along with rolling hills, rich river valleys, and high flat plateaus.  States in the lower part of the region offer significantly flatter terrain amidst beaches, swamps, and wetlands.

If we had to select the best of the best, we’d recommend the Belgian Waffle Ride – Asheville, which is part of the unique national Quadrupel Crown of Gravel Series, or the Southern Cross Gravel grinder in Georgia.  Also, consider events in the six-part Southeast Gravel Series, which takes place throughout South Carolina.

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please get in touch with us here or send us a note at

Southern Cross Gravel Grinder

The 2023 Southern Cross is again based out of the beautiful Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega, GA.  Expect mountainous terrain consisting of mostly gravel, with a grass section in the last half mile…

Gravel Battle of Sumter Forest

The first leg of the Southeast Gravel series, the event takes place on a beautiful 2000-acre hunting preserve.  The Piedmont region of South Carolina is generally flat, but don't be fooled; first-time…

True Grit Gravel Epic

Very few gravel events travel from one ecozone to another in a few miles. The route runs between the Colorado Plateau, the Mojave Desert, and the Great Basin in one day. You…

Saluda Redbank 100

The second leg of the Southeast Gravel Series, the event starts/finishes in downtown Saluda, SC which is known to have some of the best gravel terrains in the state.  The signature event…
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Race to Valhalla

The most demanding course and third leg of the 6-part Southeast Gravel Series, the Race to Valhalla takes place in early May, which is the best time to ride in the Carolinas. …
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Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina (Asheville)

Belgian Waffle Ride North Carolina (BWR NC) is a gravel cycling event that debuted in 2020 and is brought to you by Monuments of Cycling, the same organizers as the iconic Belgian…
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Greenwood Gravel Grinder

The fourth leg in the six-part Southeast Gravel Series is a noteworthy South Carolina series often utilizing private land not normally accessible to gravel aficionados.  The Greenwood Gravel Grinder is no exception, with…
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Tryon Gravel Gallop

The Tryon Gravel Gallop is the 5th (of 6) leg of the Southeast Gravel Series, the largest gravel grinder series in the Southeast.  The Start Finish venue is located at the log…
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Kershaw Gold Rush

Nestled in the heart of South Carolina, the Kershaw Gold Rush is not just another event on the 6-part Southeast Gravel Series Calendar – it is, without a doubt, the crown jewel.…
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